The 18th Annual New York Jewish Film Festival
January 14 – 29, 2009
Presented by The Jewish Museum and The Film Society of Lincoln Center
Welcome to the 18th annual New York Jewish Film Festival, a global survey of innovative and provocative films—most receiving their New York or U.S. premieres—that explore the multi-faceted Jewish experience. A total of 32 films from 15 countries add up to an exhilarating worldwide journey. Many screenings are followed by discussions with directors and other special guests.
Films will screen in their original language with English subtitles; please note that films in English will not have subtitles. For an alphabetical listing of the films go to Program Overview.
Calendar to view the daily schedule, and to purchase tickets online for the screenings at the Walter Reade Theater and The Jewish Museum.
Additional screenings at other venues:
At The JCC in Manhattan
334 Amsterdam Avenue at West 76th Street
Tue Jan 20 at 7:30pm A Refusenik’s Mother screening with Yideshe Mama Online: jccmanhattan.org or call: 646.505.5708
At 92Y Tribeca
200 Hudson Street at Canal
Sat Jan 24 at 9pm The Wedding Song
Online: 92ytribeca.org/film or call: 212.601.1000
At The Jewish Museum
1109 Fifth Avenue at 92nd Street
Tues Jan 27 at 3:30 & 6:30pm In Search of the Bene Israel screening with The Fire Within Tickets to these screenings are available at The Jewish Museum (212.423.3337) as well as at the Walter Reade Theater box office and online through filmlinc.com
Visit The Jewish Museum's website for additional information about the films in the Festival and the filmmakers attending the Festival.
This year’s New York Jewish Film Festival was selected by Rachel Chanoff, Independent Curator; Andrew Ingall, Assistant Curator, The Jewish Museum; Richard Peña, Program Director, The Film Society of Lincoln Center; Aviva Weintraub, Associate Curator and Director of The New York Jewish Film Festival, The Jewish Museum
The New York Jewish Film Festival is sponsored, in part, by The Martin and Doris Payson Charitable Foundation.
Generous funding was also provided by The Liman Foundation, The Jack and Pearl Resnick Foundation, Mimi and Barry Alperin, and other donors.
Additional support has been provided through public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs; the New York State Council on the Arts, a State Agency; and the National Endowment for the Arts.
The Israel Office of Cultural Affairs in the USA, the French Embassy, the Austrian Cultural Forum New York, Czech Airlines, the Swedish Film Institute, and others provided travel assistance.
Daniel Böhm, Gabriela Böhm
Olli Chanoff, Lori Cearley, The Office
Nicola Galliner, Berlin Jewish Film Festival
Faye Ginsburg, NYU Center for Religion and Media
Annette Insdorf, Columbia University
Judy Ironside, UK Jewish Film Festival
Simon Kilmurry, P.O.V./American Documentary, Inc.
Les Rabinowicz, Festival of Jewish Cinema—Australia
Sharon Rivo, Lisa Rivo, Juliet Burch, National Center for Jewish Film
Sara L. Rubin, Boston Jewish Film Festival
Owen Shapiro, Syracuse International Film Festival
Peter L. Stein, Nancy Fishman, San Francisco Jewish Film Festival
Isaac Zablocki, The JCC in Manhattan
Helen Zuckerman, Stuart Hands, Toronto Jewish Film Festival
The Film Society of Lincoln Center staff
The Jewish Museum staff and Festival interns Joseph Valle, Ronit Waisbrod, and Daniel Wentworth